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Documenting Pain Management

  • Outlines how to assess pain on admission to the aged-care facility
  • Discusses the different rating scales
  • Outlines how to document unrecognised pain
  • Describes the barriers to effective communication and documentation
  • Outlines the correct procedures for pain documentation

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as 'an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.' This chapter aims to convey correct pain documentation methods and the difficulties in communication that arise in aged-care.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Assessing pain on admission
  • Rating scales
    • Numeric rating scale
    • McGill pain inventory
  • Documentation and unrecognised pain
  • Barriers to effective communication and documentation
    • Myths
    • Depression and anxiety
    • Education
    • Finding the right words
    • Nurses' erroneous beliefs
  • Procedures for pain documentation
    • Specific procedures for pain documentation
    • Standard documentation procedures
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

Michael is a nurse educator at Ipswich Hospital (Queensland, Australia) with interests in mental-health nursing, care of older persons and aggression minimisation. He has a particular interest in the mechanics of clinical decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. 

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